Police warning over bogus callers after elderly residents targeted

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Police Scotland is urging residents to be vigilant after elderly residents in their 80’s in the Huntly area were scammed out of sums of money by a bogus caller claiming to be from an electricity company.

The incidents reported happened in the Fraser Court and Nelson Street areas of Huntly on Wednesday, 3 August.

The caller, described as around 6ft tall, of large build and short dark hair with an English accent, wearing a high visibility jacket, advised that if money was not handed over the residents’ electricity would be turned off. A second man was seen with the bogus caller.

Constable Kelsey Stewart said

We are appealing for witnesses in relation to this concerning incident which, clearly for the victims, will have been extremely upsetting.

We would also like to remind residents not to let unknown callers into their homes and if you are suspicious about a caller ask to see their identification and call the police. We also ask that people look out for more vulnerable individuals and elderly relatives in their communities. Any concerns should be reported to police.

Neil Wilson, Head of North Caledonia, from Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, said

This is a disgraceful act by people posing to be working for SSEN attempting to scam them out of their money. Our staff will never ask for money and if you, a friend or family member are targeted we implore you to call the Police straightaway.

PC Stewart added

If you saw these males in the areas mentioned and can assist police get in touch. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.

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